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# 37353 11-Jul-2009 16:33
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Hi, have just seen on the NZ apple store that they are now selling iPhones $30 cheaper than what you can buy them for at the Vodafone stores, as I just brought a new 3GS yesterday (am already on contract) shouldnt Vodafone pricing be the same as the Apple store?


Would anyone from Vodafone like to comment on as to how this came about and why Vodafone pricing is more expensive?




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# 234122 11-Jul-2009 16:38
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Why should Vodafone pricing be the same as Apple store?

If apple store wanted to charge another $500 more what is stopping them?

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  # 234125 11-Jul-2009 16:40
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Generally with apple products (ipods, laptops, imacs) the price on the Apple NZ store is always the same retail price as youll find in a retail store (give or take a dollar or two).
Thought should be the same with the iPhone

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# 234127 11-Jul-2009 16:42
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DJ NAV: Generally with apple products (ipods, laptops, imacs) the price on the Apple NZ store is always the same retail price as youll find in a retail store (give or take a dollar or two).

Thought should be the same with the iPhone


Well its not in this case




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  # 234128 11-Jul-2009 16:43
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will be interested to see if vodafone drop there price soon, just thought was little strange

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  # 234129 11-Jul-2009 16:43
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Is there a Law advising Apple product price has to be the same in all places across NZ



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  # 234132 11-Jul-2009 16:45
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am just speaking generically thats all, in my experience of retail this has always been the case with apple products. guess theres a first for everything.

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  # 234220 11-Jul-2009 21:40
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Have to say, as incredibly helpful as johnr is both here and in the Vodafone forums, I find myself rather enjoying his pithy, even borderline defensive, posts in this thread. :)

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  # 234224 11-Jul-2009 21:49
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chatoyer: Have to say, as incredibly helpful as johnr is both here and in the Vodafone forums, I find myself rather enjoying his pithy, even borderline defensive, posts in this thread. :)


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I just can't figure out why someone has to start a thread cause of $30 price difference in a $1200 handset

If Vodafone did match Apple store then someone would just up and say now they are price fixing

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  # 234241 11-Jul-2009 23:03
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johnr:
chatoyer: Have to say, as incredibly helpful as johnr is both here and in the Vodafone forums, I find myself rather enjoying his pithy, even borderline defensive, posts in this thread. :)


No pity at all

I just can't figure out why someone has to start a thread cause of $30 price difference in a $1200 handset

If Vodafone did match Apple store then someone would just up and say now they are price fixing

John

No, no, pithy is an actual word - not pity.

But your point in this post is pretty much the best answer yet.  Who actually cares about $30 when you're buying something for $1400?




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  # 234253 11-Jul-2009 23:55
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pure principle of the matter.!!

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  # 234254 12-Jul-2009 00:31
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johnr: I just can't figure out why someone has to start a thread cause of $30 price difference in a $1200 handset


It's tough economic times John, every 1% counts. :) What I find more interesting is that the impression I got from the launch was that Vodafone had exclusivity for the 3GS and iPhone. If you wanted one then you signed up for a VF contract. Probably paid some good money or conceeded a lot of stuff to get the exclusive contract with Apple etc, best be using it for competitive advantage.

And six hours later, on launch day even, Apple is already undercutting you on price with no contract to sign. Sounds like something went pear shaped behind the scenes, and the whole 'pirate' debate PaulB was talking about sounds a lot more like PR and a lot less like a real reason...

johnr:
If Vodafone did match Apple store then someone would just up and say now they are price fixing
John


Yeah I would agree with that.




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  # 234271 12-Jul-2009 08:38
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doesn't this just go to show that if you had waited a day or 2 and shopped around then you'd have got the best price? I sure would have for a $1400 phone.



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  # 234285 12-Jul-2009 09:52
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thanks exportgoldman someone that can actually see my point cheers well said

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  # 234296 12-Jul-2009 11:09
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I can see Vodafones point somewhat. They have pulled out all the stops to get the phone here, now they just expect the peons to grovel on their knees and spend their last dollar to actually own an iphone.

From a business perspective you would want to wring every last dollar out of the iPhone. However, imo they are building up a hell of a lot of badwill in this situation.

The whole thing stinks something rotten. But here is the thing, i actually think Vodafone have by far the better plans for users of PDAs, iPhones etc compared to XT. Not taking into account the laughable iPhone plans themselves, clearly Vodafone have superior plans.

If the iPhone plans actually had a reasonable amount of minutes id jump at one.




 


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